It is an exemplar of low-carbon technology through the minimisation of its demands for heating, cooling, lighting and ventilation mediums from non-sustainable sources, whilst maximising energy from renewable and ambient sources. The BREEAM Outstanding sustainable design includes innovative earth duct passive cooling which uses the thermal mass of the surrounding earth to provide passive cooling and preheating of ventilation air.
This exciting initiative on our Innovation Park will further our strategic objective for the old Raleigh site to become an exemplar of sustainable development. This is particularly fitting for a building which will accommodate world-leading research into energy technologies.
Prof Alan Dodson
Pro-Vice Chancellor, University of Nottingham
BREEAM Best Education Scheme
RICS Regional Awards
Design & Innovation – Highly Commended
Sustainability Project of the Year – Finalist
ACE Centenary Engineering Excellence Awards – Shortlisted
East Midlands Property Awards
Sustainable Development of the Year
The 2500 m² facility provides the University with a centre that is specifically designed for continuing and developing its world-leading energy research. The design provides a creative and flexible solution to a challenging brief, bringing together a diversity of users. It attracts increased attention from industry, academia, funding agencies, researchers and students and stimulates public interest in new developments in sustainable energy.
It underlines Nottingham’s leading role in global energy research, and its commitment to developing low-carbon technologies, with the potential to touch every aspect of 21st century life.
The new building comprises specialist laboratories, a prototype hall, an exhibition area, a rooftop laboratory zone, offices and external technology area for use as an energy testing facility.
The outstanding quality of this year’s winning projects has set the sustainable development bar even higher. They are not only testament to incredible technological ingenuity but also to the resourcefulness and vision of the teams that brought them to life and their ability to put people at their heart.
Director of BREEAM